“We are different from other political parties and our main objective is to restore the Ndebele State established by King Mzilikazi before the advent of colonialism. Other parties are calling for devolution of power but we are calling for dissolution of power, said David Magugala, MLF executive member.
“We want Matabeleland to be reinstated to its position as a State as it was before 1923 so that we can be free and rule ourselves. This is the time for us to stand up and claim self determination in order to enjoy our rights,”said Magagula addressing about 300 people who had gathered at Stanley Square in Makokoba high density.
MLF is led by one General Nandinandi based in South Africa and its chairperson is war veteran Max Mkandla who is also Zimbabwe Liberators Platform Initiative leader.
Magagula said the party had been operating as a pressure group for the past five years in South Africa where most of its members are based.
Most Matabeleland people are bitter with President Robert Mugabe who has been at the helm of the country since independence in 1980, for the gukurahundi era which saw thousands in the area and in the Midlands being massacred by the North Korean trained fifth Brigade. Mugabe has refused to apologise or compensate the victims of gukurahundi. People in Matabeleland also feel that their area is under developed compared to other regions in the country.